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Alabama Wins National Title With Freshman QB In Game For Ages, After Win OL Proposes To Girlfriend

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If you fell asleep at halftime during the College Football Playoff National Championship between Georgia and Alabama, no one would have blamed you. The game was boring. Georgia was ahead 13-0 and looked like they weren’t going to lose their lead. What happened after the half, however, will go down in the history books. To everyone’s surprise, Alabama coach Nick Saban replaced quarterback Jalen Hurts with a true freshman, Tua Tagovailoa who threw three touchdowns (the last one a bomb to a wide open DeVonta Smith in overtime). Watch this play, it’s incredible. For Saban to replace his starter with a backup with little experience will go down as one of the most daring and bold moves in a championship game. After the game Saban said, “I thought Tua would give us a better chance and a spark, which he certainly did. I couldn’t be prouder of him taking advantage of the opportunity. We have total confidence in him.” In the last 10 years, the Crimson Tide has been in the National Title game 6 times and won 5! Alabama 26, Georgia 23.

There are all sorts of ways to celebrate a national title and Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman chose to propose to his girlfriend (who said yes) after the big win. Congrats!

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Georgia Vs Alabama In College Football National Championship, Hirings/Firings In NFL

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Monday’s College Football Playoff did not disappoint. First up was #3 Georgia against #2 Oklahoma. For the first time in Rose Bowl history, the game went into overtime with the score a whopping 45 to 45. Then after a field goal a piece, the game went into a second overtime. Oklahoma attempted another field goal during their first possession, but Lorenzo Carter jumped up and deflected the kick. All it would take is a field goal or any combination of points for Georgia to win. On the next drive, Georgia’s Sony Michel ran the ball into the end zone for the win. The Bulldogs earned the right to compete in the National Championship. Georgia 54, Oklahoma 48.

In the Sugar Bowl, #4 Alabama took on former National Champion #1 Clemson. The game was relatively unexciting, as Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage the entire night and handily won 24-6. The Crimson Tide will face Georgia on January 8th at 8:00 pm.

Now that the NFL regular season is over, vacancies are opening up for coaches and general managers. As of Monday, more than there were at least six coaching vacancies. In a particularly touching and tearful goodbye, Bruce Arians retired as Cardinals head coach after 5 seasons, because he wants to spend more time with his family. He tearfully said, “I will miss the game….it’s been a great ride”

In addition, Jim Caldwell from the Detroit Lions and John Fox from the Chicago Bears were fired as were Oakland Raiders Jack Del Rio and Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano.

For more firings/hirings and retirements, click here:

 

 

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Fantasy Owners Thank Gurley, College Football Semi-Final On New Years Day

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Fantasy football owners have LA Rams running back Todd Gurley to thank for their winning seasons. With 456 yards and 6 touchdowns in his last two games, many fantasy owners who had the foresight to draft Gurley clinched their titles. By way of thanks (and to show their holiday spirit), many of these owners have donated some of their winnings to a charity important to the football player, Shriners Hospitals for Children. After seeing the donations come in online from these fantasy owners, Gurley expressed his gratitude “Man, that was dope,” Gurley said. “That’s real cool, just seeing that on social media. It doesn’t matter what the money amount is — $10, $5, $25. Just to see that and people caring, that means a lot.”

The College Football Semi final will take place on New Year’s Day featuring #2 Oklahoma vs #3 Georgia at 5 pm ET (at the Rose Bowl) then at 8:45 pm ET, the Sugar Bowl will feature #1 Clemson vs #4 Alabama.  The winners will play for the National Championship on January 8th.

 

 

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Rookie Kuzma Leads Lakers, Longoria Traded, Brady’s Trainer Causing Friction

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The Houston Rockets 14 game consecutive winning streak (the 4th longest in franchise history) ended Wednesday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden did his best shooting 51 points and 9 assists, but Lakers’ rookie Kyle Kuzma was on fire with 38 points including seven 3-pointers. The rest of the team, including Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, came together to put on show and stop the mighty Rockets. Unfortunately for the Rockets, all-star Chris Paul left the game in the 4th quarter with a strained adductor. No word yet on the seriousness of the injury.  Lakers 122, Rockets 116.

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The San Francisco Giants made a big statement by trading to get star third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Giants gave up one of their top prospects, infielder Christian Arroyo, in the trade. We’ll have to wait until next season to determine which team got the better deal.

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Tom Brady’s trainer has reportedly caused some friction with coach Bill Belichick. Belichick apparently doesn’t like Alex Guerrero’s “non-traditional” training techniques and questionable medical background. Brady credits Guerrero for keeping him in such great shape and has even made Guerrero his son’s godfather. Belichick wants only his medical staff treating the players so has rescinded some of Guerrero’s perks like traveling with the team and enjoying a sideline pass during games.

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Baker Mayfield Wins Heisman Trophy, Eagles Fear Wentz Tore ACL, Roethlisberger Makes History

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the latest recipient of the highest honor in college football, the Heisman trophy. Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma, where he was also a walk-on. Mayfield led the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship this year and to the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs, where they’ll play Georgia on January 1st. Mayfield is the first player to win this prestigious trophy after starting his career as a walk-on (not to mention a double walk-on). Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said about him, “All he wanted was a chance to be the starting quarterback [in high school]. All he wanted was a chance to be the starting quarterback at Texas Tech, Oklahoma and to earn scholarships. When he’s had those chances in his life, he’s proven himself.” Congratulations!

In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles fear their quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in the second half of the team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Wentz threw a touchdown immediately after he went down from the hit causing the issue to his left knee. The Eagles clinched a playoff berth but are concerned Wentz may be out for the rest of the season. Eagles 43, Rams 35.

The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the top seed in the AFC North after their win over the Baltimore Ravens. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made NFL history after throwing his third game with over 500 passing yards. Steelers 39, Ravens 38.

 

 

 

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Auburn Upsets Alabama, Miami Falls, Schiano Deal Done, Crabtree/Talib Ejected, Alabama Plays With Only 3

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In the college football world where the top teams are vying for divisional playoffs and bowl games, Saturday’s games were intense. The biggest upset of the day came in the Iron Bowl where the Auburn Tigers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was the second time in 3 weeks the Tigers beat #1 ranked teams.  Auburn is now in the running for a bid for the College Football Playoffs. The #2 ranked team, Miami, also fell this weekend to Pittsburgh leaving the College Football Selection Committee in a tailspin.  The new top 25 in the College Football Poll will be announced Tuesday evening.

In other big college football news, the Tennessee Titans backed out of a deal to bring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to Tennessee as their head coach. The deal appeared to be final until the social media universe blew up with criticism of Schiano’s ties to Penn State and Jerry Sandusky. Schiano has always claimed he knew nothing of Sandusky’s abuse of children, but Tennessee now looks like it will go in a different direction.

In the NFL, one of the most frustrating plays of the day (frustrating if you have Crabtree on your fantasy team like me) came when Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree got into a brawl with the Denver Broncos Aqib Talib on the second offensive possession of the game. Crabtree was getting back at Talib for snatching his chain during a game last year. Both players were ejected and will certainly expect to hear from the League with more punishments on the way. For more NFL news, click here.

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#25 Alabama and #16 Minnesota played one of the craziest college basketball games on Saturday. During the second half, a fight broke out, and all five of the Alabama players left the bench and were immediately ejected (rules state players are never allowed to leave the bench area when there’s a situation on the court). Shortly after, another Alabama player fouled out and then another hurt his ankle, leaving on 3 players on the court for the final 10 minutes of the game. The Crimson Tide actually made a game of it and came close to winning, but ultimately couldn’t hold on, and Minnesota  went on to win 89-84.

 

 

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College Football Rivalries, Adam Berns Pulls Off One Of Greatest Pranks Of All Time, NFL Turkey Lineup

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We’re in the last week of the college football regular season (known as rivalry week). Not only will some teams make the playoffs while others lick their wounds until next year, but based on the heated rivalries and, in some cases implications for the post-season, we tend see some of the best football of the whole year.  The most exciting and drama filled game of the weekend will be the Iron Bowl (Alabama vs Auburn on Saturday 3:30 pm EST) as the team that loses could be eliminated from the playoffs. Plus, these teams and fans traditionally hate each other so must-see TV!

For a recap of one of the greatest pranks of all time after The Big Game (traditional rivalry between the Stanford Cardinals and the California Bears) in 1982 when the Stanford band ran on the field, check out this entertaining article. My clever brother, Adam Berns, masterminded the prank which is now ranked #5 by Sports Illustrated on its list of greatest sports pranks of all time.

In the NFL, here is the Thanksgiving Day lineup:

12:30 pm Minnesota vs Detroit

4:30 pm Los Angeles Chargers vs Dallas Cowboys

8:30 pm New York Giants vs Washington Redskins

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Heisman Favorite Mayfield On Sidelines, Falcons Snap Seahawk MNF Streak

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Heisman trophy favorite Baker Mayfield will start on the sidelines of Oklahoma’s matchup against West Virginia this weekend. In Kansas last Saturday, the OU quarterback got agitated during the pre-game handshake leading to some obscene gestures during the game. Mayfield may only miss a series or two, but his antics could hurt his chances of winning the coveted Heisman. The description of the award states, “The outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.” This isn’t Mayfield’s first infraction, so it will be interesting to see if any of this affects his chances.

The Monday Night Football matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks came down to the wire. The Falcons got a got a much needed win and the Seahawks snapped their 11 game win streak on Monday night football.  Falcons 34, Seahawks 31.

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Grayson Allen Is Back, LiAngelo Ball Left China, Alabama Tops CFR

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Duke’s Grayson Allen, the player everyone loved to hate last season, showed his critics he’s back and ready for a great season. With 37 points and 7 of 11 three-pointers in a win over Michigan State, Allen seems to have matured since last year and could be a high draft pick in the NBA at the end of the season. Duke 88, Michigan State 81.

LiAngelo Ball and his two UCLA teammates Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, are on their way back to the United States after their arrest for shoplifting in China. UCLA hasn’t said what the basketball players’ punishment will be, but expect LiAngelos’s dad, the outspoken LaVar, to weigh in on the verdict.  LaVar’s third son, LaMelo has already committed to play at UCLA, but if LiAngelo’s punishment is unacceptable to LaVar, he could decide to have LaMelo skip high school and go straight to the pros.

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In the latest College Football Rankings, Alabama took the #1 spot (in place of Georgia who lost to Auburn last week), with Clemson, Miami, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin filling out the top five.

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The U Crushes Notre Dame, Georgia Goes Down, Alabama Survives, Empty Seats, Jones Dispute

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This was a crazy weekend in college football with some key upsets mixing up the rankings and the playoff hunt. One of the biggest shockers was #7 University of Miami crushing #3 Notre Dame. With the 41-8 win, the U is now a potential playoff contender. The other shocking win was 10th ranked Auburn cruising to victory over #1 Georgia 40-17.

Alabama still sits at the top of the rankings with a win over Mississippi State. The team trailed entering the 4th quarter for the first time since January 2016 but with the help of their calm quarterback Jalen Hurts who threw a game winning touchdown, the Crimson Tide survived with a 31-24 win.

In the NFL games played over this Veteran’s Day weekend, fewer players sat during the National Anthem, but fans are continuing not to show up. Twitter account, Empty Seats Galore, posted pictures of empty seats all over the country.

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has publicly taken on  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his handling of the National Anthem issue as well as other issues which Jones believes has contributed to the decline of attendance at games and decline in viewership. Over the weekend, Jones’ attorney sent a letter to all of the NFL owners with a quote from the compensation committee consultants stating Goodell’s contract is “the most one-sided deal they have ever seen.” Jones and compensation committee chairman, Arthur Blank (owner of the Atlanta Falcons) are in a heated dispute, and as of Saturday night, Jones has been removed as a non-voting, ad-hoc member of the league’s compensation committee. Stay tuned for more drama.

For a roundup of the NFL games and scores, click here.

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